Iran mourns sudden death of OPEC Boss
Islamic Republic of Iran is grieving the sudden death of Mohammad Barkindo, the secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 63.
Iran’s OPEC governor Amir Hossein Zamaninia offered condolences, praising Barkindo as a “nobleman and a scientist”.
“With shock, disbelief and a heart full of sadness, I received the sad news of the death of our brother Barkindo, the honorable secretary general. As I said in the gratitude ceremony for his many services to OPEC members and the international community in the last meeting of the Board of Directors (BoG), he was a ‘nobleman and a scientist’.
His absence as a friend and as an international leader will be keenly felt. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he wrote in his message.
"My deepest condolences go out to his family, his friends, the people of Nigeria, as well as to all the representatives of the countries in the OPEC Executive Committee," Zamaninia added in his message published by Shana news outlet.
Barkindo was a supporter of Iran and Venezuela in their fight against US sanctions, saying oil from the two OPEC members could help address the market's current tight supply.
Meanwhile, Mele Kyari, the managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC), described the death as "great loss” to Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community.
Kyari said Barkindo died hours after meeting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and giving the main speech at an energy summit in Abuja.
"This tragedy is a shock to the OPEC Family. We express our sorrow and
deep gratitude for the over 40 years of selfless service that Mohammad
Sanusi Barkindo gave to OPEC. His dedication and leadership will inspire
OPEC for many years to come," the OPEC Secretariat said in a Tweet.